Monthly Archives: February 2016

If Kyle Bass Were A Color, He’d Be Red

Why would Kyle Bass’ color be red? Well, it’s not because he’s conservative. At least, not conservative in any moral/political sense. Unless by politics one means socialism. Because Kyle Bass is definitely a socialist, and he’s trying to take down the system from the inside. At least, that’s what all the facts seem to indicate–it’s hard to prove conclusively whether or not anyone is anything. But consider these tidbits about Bass, then see whether or not it seems as though his shade is scarlet.

Bass is originally from Argentina. He has close enough ties to Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner that there are many who refer to him as one of her “lackeys”. Bass currently operates out of Texas, where his hedge fund has been in steady decline. The reason everyone knows who he is stems from the 2008 financial crash. Many saw it coming, few had a platform to tell the public, Bass was one of those few. He pointed out that sub-prime lending would result in a crash very soon, and then it happened. Everyone quickly began to pay attention to him, and he used this instant unanimity to brook further television appearances. Sometime after his success in 2008, his hedge fund began to tank, and maybe that’s the reason he got involved with CAD. Maybe it was his socialist ties to Kristina Fernandez de Kirchner; but either way, CAD is some serious shenanigans.

The Coalition for Affordable Drugs, or CAD for short, uses lawsuits, petitions, and any means at its disposal to decrease the cost of necessary drugs from mainstream pharmaceuticals. In the short-term, sickened people benefit. In the long term, humanity suffers. Because CAD has been successful in devaluing the certain drugs, and Bass has successfully short sold stock in the companies who his organization managed to curtail profit from. If Kyle Bass can make millions this way, doesn’t it mean the pharmaceuticals he’s leeched from have lost millions more? Yes it does; and those millions could have been devoted to the further development of medical solutions.

This is why Bass’ color is red. Maybe he’s done this nasty thing with CAD entirely on his own. But it’s just as likely he got the idea from socialistic political thought. When one considers that his entire career is based on big capitalistic organizations loosing affluence, suddenly the picture becomes even more clear. Bass is a kind of economic hit-man.

Or maybe he’s not. Really, that’s up to the reader. But regardless of politics, a man like Kyle Bass who shows up like that and then has rather large inconsistencies of character requires constant and close scrutiny.

Helane Morrison Dedicates Her Life To Fight Corruption

In 2008, the stock market crashed. With that crash came a total decline in the US economy. It was considered to be the biggest financial crisis since the great depression of the 1930s. Tremendous fraud and corruption were revealed in Wall Street and elsewhere. People lost their trust in financial firms such as banks. Everything was upside down. 

Since then it is abundantly clear that there must be accountability in financial firms. There must be oversight to make sure that any corruption is rooted out and that people engaging in fraud are arrested and fired. Many people have been hired to do this job. They are called compliance officers. 

Helane Morrison is one such person. Born and bred in Brooklyn, she attended many institutions of higher learning until she graduated and eventually became a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. She soon rose in the ranks, entering private practice and eventually being promoted to the status of partner in the law firm she was working in. 

Soon enough she was noticed by the government and was offered a position as the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission office in San Francisco. She later left the SEC after creating waves of change for the better in the department to accept her current position at Hall Capital, the largest investment advisory firm in San Francisco. 

As a compliance officer, Helane Morrison is known as a pioneer against fraud and corruption.

Learn more about Helane by visiting her Wikipedia page or read more about her career on her Bloomberg profile here >> http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=38982933&privcapId=1746886&previousCapId=1746886&previousTitle=Hall%20Capital%20Partners%20LLC

Securus Technologies Challenges GTL

Securus Technologies is a famous and leading licensed provider for civil and criminal justice technology solutions. The company mostly deals with investigations, public safety, corrections and the monitoring facilities in northern America. The company recently announced that it intends to challenge one its major competitors, GTL. They plan to bring an independent expert in technology to determine the company that has the best and largest product set, the best high technology telephone calling platform and also the company that has the best customer care.

In the past, GTL has always used litigation assure consumers that their technology and also customer service is the best compared to what Securus Technologies offers. According to the Chief Executive Office of Securus Technologies, Mr. Richard Smith, popularly known as Rick, an independent judge should come in and evaluate the two companies product sets, the calling platforms and even both the customer care systems. 

The management in Securus Technologies believes that they shouldn’t be compared to GTL. For the past three years, Securus has invested a lot, and they know that their services cannot be compared to what GTL offers its consumers. The company has invested more than $670 million in the business. Using this amount, they have acquired different companies, technologies, and even product development. They currently own a state of the art technology center and also the US customer service center. Their rival company GTL has not even invested 10% of what Securus Technology has. 

According to the management of the Securus Technologies, the technology platforms used by their rivals currently is what they used the premise based systems in the past before acquiring better platforms. When comparing these two companies, many individuals say that Securus owns a bigger product set of very useful services, especially for the corrections sector. Many also say that the company has its domestic-based center for inmate phone calls that is mainly staffed by employees from Securus. GTL is not able to do this since it gets its customer care staff from Mexico.

The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The institution serves over 3450 correctional agencies in Northern America and more than 1.2 million prisoners. Recently, the company introduced a video visitation app that has improved the visitation options for the inmates and their loved ones. To learn more about how this product works, click here.

Learn more about Securus here >> http://www.securustechnologies.com/en/about-us

Eucatex is a Successful Brazilian Company in the Construction and Furniture Markets

The Brazilian company Eucatex got its start in 1951. The first factory began operating in 1954 in Salto, Sao Paulo, making panels. Its focus was on using eucalyptus wood fibers to make insulating liners. It supplies the construction and furniture industries.

The Salto location is a complex of factories making plates, varnishes and paints. Another factory is located in Botucatu, making panels and flooring. In 2010 they opened a new factory in Salto to make T-HDF and MDF.

T-HDF stands for Thin High Density Fiberboard. MDF means Medium Density Fiberboard.

They believe in sustainability, so they also have a division which runs a seedling nursery, to replenish the supply of trees they use. They own 44,000 hectares of forestland in Sao Paulo. They have the certifications ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 showing they conform to the highest standards of sustainability. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) awarded them with its Green Seal. This means Eucatex manages its forests according to the best ecological and social standards. Eucatex produced the first industrial scale wood recycling line in South America.

Now Eucatex Group is run by the Maluf family, with Flavio Maluf as its president. He was born in 1961,the son of politician Paulo Maluf. He graduated from FAAP as a mechanical engineer. He is also president of group GrandFood as Flavio’s LInkedIn credits. That company owns the brands of pet food Premier Pet and Golden, but is primarily an agribusiness company. It relies on sugar cane and eucalyptus. Its position in agriculture and foresty fits in with Eucatex, a major user of wood.  Flavio Maluf’s bio has even further information.

Maluf writes articles on various aspects of the business world and posts them online. He has analyzed the merger of Pfizer and Allergan, the purchase of Jarden by Newell Rubbermaid and the merger of Dow Chemical and Dupont. He wrote an article about his favorite movies about investing and Wall Street, such as the films by Oliver Stone.

Eucatex has a line of products for the construction industry:

One Eucatex line of products is Eucafloor, laminate flooring, with the brand Eucafloor Evidence.

They produce Divilux partitions of 35 millimeters.

They sell four lines of doors: Eucaplac, Eucadur, formidur BP and Base Painting. And they have many paints, acrylic paints and waterproofing.

 

Charles and David Koch Challenge Trump

The Koch Brothers Offer Some Friendly Competition
Charles Koch had given an interview in support of his new book. The interview was held at the staff commissary. This is at Koch Industries located in Wichita, Kansas. He spoke of his brother David. He and his brother have experienced a sense of disillusionment over politics and the presidential race itself. Charles Koch, had already raised around 400 million dollars in the year 2012. The goal was to elect Mitt Romney. The money had been raised in 2012 through their donor network. In the end, they were outmaneuvered by Barak Obama and his campaign. The brothers did a complete overview and looked closely at what went wrong in 2012. They had then intensified their efforts to make certain that they did not experience a repeat of the same fate. When the 2016 campaign had started, the brothers along with their allies made a pledge to raise 9000 million dollars. This was done in order to elect Republicans. It is specifically for the one who must face Hillary Clinton. This includes Bernie Sanders too. This would be in the general election itself. Some friendly competition is coming to this race from the Koch brothers this time around.

They Misjudged Trump
The brothers had misjudged Donald Trump, as did other people associated with the Republican elite. They did not consider the fact that the real estate scion would be a solid and serious contender. This includes his politics on the following:
* taxes
* trade
* foreign policy
* Trump’s Muslin registry (it has the ability to destroy our free society)
Trump eventually turned on the Koch brothers. The two brothers have even been called the Koch brother puppets on social media platforms.

Charles Koch and his Many Accomplishments
Charles Koch is indeed an extraordinary American businessman. He has solid experience in many other areas. Include:
* political activist
* philanthropist
* chemical engineer
* author (Sons of Wichita)
Charles Koch had joined Koch Industries, it is his family business, in the year 1970. This is the second-largest company, privately held, in the United States of America.

This article recapped http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/02/koch-brothers-take-on-trump

Avi Weisfogel Starts GoFundMe Page for Operation Smile

Avi Weisfogel, owner of Old Bridge Dental Care, began his career as a dentist, but later developed an interest in sleep disorders. Avi Weisfogel’s professional career focuses on the role dental issues play in sleep disorders, including sleep apnea. With his knowledge of dentistry, he developed a way to teach both patients and other dentists how to understand and treat sleep problems in relation to dental trouble. He has contributed to the professional realm of dentistry in an innovative and philanthropic way by developing programs and fundraisers for the education and treatment of dental and sleep problems. Avi has shown his passion for the wellness of others through a recent philanthropic effort with Operation Smile.

Avi Weisfogel graduated from Rutgers University and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology. He went on to earn a doctor of dental surgery degree from New York University. In 1999, he started the Old Bridge Dental Care practice in his hometown of Old Bridge, New Jersey. Upon realizing how dental trouble can be related to sleep disorders, he studied and developed a way to address the way to help people who suffer from sleep disorders. Through his knowledge and experience, he went on to create the the Dental Sleep Masters Seminars. Through this program, people are able to learn how to improve their sleep quality and ways to treat their own sleeping disorders, specifically sleep apnea.

The additional programs Weisfogel created serve to help other dental professionals. Through Healthy Heart Sleep, developed in 2010, dentists learn how to create their own sleep disorder treatment labs and how to better understand the patients who suffer from sleep disorders. This organization attracts dentists from all over the world.

His most recent philanthropic venture is with Operation Smile. Through this effort, it is clear his passion for dentistry extends to those who are in need. He started a GoFundMe page for Operation Smile, a medical charity organization that helps children around the world. The organization was started by Dr. William Magee and his wife. The group has been active since 1982 and has assisted in getting children and teens surgical attention for their facial deformities. Weisfogel hopes to help Operation Smile continue their mission in helping those in need of life enhancing medical attention. To learn more or participate in the GoFundMe efforts, visit the website here.

Check out the original article here.

Keith Mann Establishes Scholarship For Public Charter School

There are many successful people in the business world. While some business people enjoy the rewards of their success such as money, reputation, and admirers, there are other business people who want to make a difference in the lives of other people. In particular, helping children. One of these business people is Keith Mann.

Recently Keith Mann started a scholarship for low income children who are graduating from one of public charter high schools operated by Uncommon Charter Schools. The name of the scholarship is the Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship for Professional Achievement. The scholarship was established to help graduating seniors pay for their college education. The value of the scholarship is $5,000.

The scholarship will be awarded to one deserving graduating senior from an Uncommon Charter High School every year. Students who are interested in applying for the scholarship can apply until February 29, 2016. The winner of the scholarship will be announced by the end of March 2016.

The organization provides education to low income children from K-12. The need for quality public education is sorely needed in many urban areas across the United States. Uncommon Charter Schools is making a difference in the lives of thousands of children by providing them with a quality education.

Keith Mann, who started the scholarship for graduating seniors at Uncommon Charter Schools, is a businessman in New York. He is the CEO and founder of Dynamics Search Partners. The company was established to help businesses find executives to fill key positions within the businesses. Keith Mann started the company in 2009.

In addition, Keith Mann handles the daily business operations for Dynamics Search Partners. He has over 15 years of experience in the executive search field, and he has helped many businesses find quality executives for their businesses.

Keith Mann is making a difference in the lives of students attending Uncommon Charter Schools by providing them with an opportunity to further their education beyond high school.

This article recapped http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160125006525/en/Keith-Mann-Announces-2016-Scholarship-Professional-Achievement

Get A Great Home Cleaning From A Handy Worker

Creating a reliable cleaning company is not as easy as it sounds, and that’s why many cleaning companies have failed. There are some cleaning companies that focus solely on their customers and giving them what they want, but other cleaning companies may only focus on making money, and this is where they fail. Customers have the need to be taken care of in every way, especially when they are paying money to get services that they are not able to do on their own. The Handy company is a customer-based company that does cleaning services as well as other services, but their entire goal is to serve their customers.

Many customers find themselves unable to clean their homes because of the busy weeks that they have on a regular basis, and the only thing they can do is to call a cleaning service to come out to their home. The problem is that some cleaning services may not have the time to come out based on the customer’s schedule but only the company’s schedule. If the company doesn’t have any openings for days, this may not work for the customer, who made need a cleaning scheduled the very next day.

Handy is different because of the fact that they can schedule a cleaning within a day of the appointment being made. It’s very easy to create an appointment with Handy, and all that’s necessary is creating an account on Handy’s app, and this process can be completed in under a minute. Once all the relevant information is inserted, then the customer simply needs to find the services they are looking for, whether it’s cleaning services as well as other services.

Handy has some great services that can be of help to every customer, and all of the services are home oriented. Since Handy is available in several cities, those who need moving services, plumbing services, painting services, electrical work and more can make an appointment with Handy service persons to do work in their home. Each service person is background checked, which is something many customers worry about. The service persons are also insured, so everything is covered before a worker ever goes out to a customer’s home to do any cleaning or other services.

Highland Capital’s Management Most Recent Q3 Report – The Company Is Thriving

Highland Capital Management has recently filed their Q3 2015 13F, an IRS-required filing for any investment management companies that use the US Postal Service and oversaw management of more than $100 million of assets, a document that many investors find quarterly 13F reports helpful in selecting capital management companies.

Highland Capital Management’s stock portfolio is currently valued at $3.42 billion, down almost $1.5 billion since Q2, when the portfolio was worth $4.91 billion. Most portfolios of similar size have experienced losses, citing generalized economic weakness. The most notable of their five largest new stock purchases were Spdr S&P 500 (SPY) and Amazon Com (AMZN) at $67.07 and $23.35 million, respectively.

Mr. James Dondero, often shortened to “Jim,” is the President and co-founder of Highland Capital Management. His experience as a consummate financial professional has brought profound success to Highland Capital Management. Jim Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia with a Commerce degree in 1984; worked for American Express as a fixed income funds manager from 1985-1989; then served as the Chief Investment Officer of GIC, a subsidiary of Protective Life, until 1993. Incorporating Highland Capital Management with Mark Okada was undoubtedly the best decision of Donder’s career based on the firm’s lifetime performance.

American Airlines Group (AAL), Salesforce Com (CRM), and Ishares Tr (IWM) were the three most-invested stocks in Q3 2015, totaling 13.59% of Highland Capital Management’s stock portfolio, with the top ten stock holdings totaling 29.55% of the company’s portfolio.

Highland Capital Management currently appropriates 20% of their holdings to the health care sector, 18% to the financial and information technology sectors, 12% to energy, and 10% to consumer discretionary. Such a widely diversified portfolio has brought Mr. Jim Dondero and Highland Capital Management endless success over since the firm’s inception. Experience serving on the board of directors for MGM Holdings, American Banknote Corporation, Nexbank Capital, and six other organizations have contributed to Mr. Dondero’s well-rounded financial background.

Highland Capital Management’s 13F can be downloaded from the IRS’ official website and the original article can be viewed here.

Bank Director Marcio Alaor Believes Brazil Is A Good Investment Choice In 2016

 

Hedge fund investors like to invest in cheaper than dirt assets like some of the Brazilian companies that have been battling a recession. Brazil’s stock market is down 25 percent and the country’s currency, the real, is the lowest its been against the U.S. dollar in ten years. Those facts interest the risk takers. The risk takers are investors that are willing to wait for a turnaround. When that turnaround comes, those investors enjoy a big payday, according to Vice-President and Director of the BMG Bank Marcio Alaor. Alaor thinks smaller investors should invest in Brazil in 2016. A new Endeavor Index just listed the top five cities for business investments and more than 30 other cities on the list. All of them are good candidates for business expansion.

The five top cities that have the infrastructure, the people, the creativity and the capital to make investors’ money are São Paulo, Campinas, Victory, Recife, and Florianopolis. Other cities like Rio, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Belem, and Fortaleza are also mention by Endeavor. Endeavor is an organization that supports entrepreneurs and business opportunities. Marcio Alaor spoke about Endeavor and the investment opportunities that exist in Brazil recently, and the feedback he received was positive. Alaor thinks now is the time to invest in Brazil. The government is on the verge of announcing a $15 billion capital injection into the economy.

Alaor also said the impeachment talk is fading. Rousseff will continue to try to get the economy moving again. Even though the country is in a deep recession not all the cities in Brazil are in recession mode. Business in cities like Florianopolis and Belo Horizonte has never been better. Alaor knows a lot about the economy in those two cities. Alaor grew up in Belo Horizonte, and BMG Bank was headquartered in the state on Minas Gerais for more than 80 years. Marcio has helped businesses in his hometown as well as businesses in Florianopolis for years.

Marcio Alaor is a well-known banking figure. He was instrumental in creating a payroll loan business for BMG Bank, and he has handled mergers with other banks. Alaor was a key player in the decision to invest in a new bank with the fifth largest bank, Itau, in order to handle the volume of loan requests the bank receives from consumers.

Many economists say the global economy is going to take a beating in 2016. But Brazil is doing its part to get their economy on track again, and it looks like the Summer Olympics will help that cause.